This time of year it’s very popular to make changes with New Year’s Resolutions and all. We have great expectations but when it comes time to actually implementing those changes or intentions. That’s when the difficulty comes in. I mean you are already super busy with a jam- packed schedule, so how on earth can you find time for one more thing?
This answer is that something has got to leave your schedule or you just have to make that new thing a priority. Meaning that you do it first before you do that other thing. Now maybe you like to get on social media. So make a little agreement with yourself that before you even think about pushing that little Blue square with an f on it that you will do that priority. After you have done you’re “priority”, you can f away. I mean get on the blue f as much as you want.
I think the morning routine is an essential part to having a great day. If you wake up and do some stretches or yoga, breathing, praying or simply have some quiet time for positive affirmations before you start doing all of the stuff to get ready, you can have a much happier day. So that’s where that blue f comes into play. This means don’t f your day away.
Other things may have to give in order for you to make your priority. Maybe you’ll have to take some time off of work in order to give yourself that time. Is that the end of the world? HELL NO. Trust me when you are on your death-bed, you’re not going to think, “I should have worked more.” You might think, I’m glad I followed my heart and my passions. But you have to fight for your dreams and passions. (Think of Twisted Sister here: “You’ve got to fight for your right to dre am”). Yeah that was me singing there. But you have to be fierce with it. You have to just say you know what, I’m going to do this and nothing is going to stop me. Not laundry, not dishes, not TV, not work(don’t get fired though), not your spouse or partner, not your kids. But if you can rearrange things a little bit, I’m sure you can find the time to pursue your dreams.
Twisted Sister i.e. the big hair band of the 80’s that sang Fight For Your Right to Party
This is my quick story with this. So as a Yoga Instructor, you would think I would be doing yoga everyday and just be super flexible and bendy. Well last year, I wasn’t. Life can get in the way. And it can be difficult to just pull out that yoga mat. But when I knew I was going to do a dance performance. I knew that I need to get flexible AF and fast. So what I did was got my phone, put it on stop watch and did 2 full sun salutes. It took 6 minutes. I just decided that every morning before work I was going to give myself 6 minutes for yoga. And it did help me to get flexible. I was able to do the splits, believe it or not. But in any case it all started with me just giving myself 6 minutes in the morning.
2017 not bad for 49 but my daughter snapped this picture fast because I was not enjoying this.
Remember Newton’s first law of motion, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” So you have to be that unbalanced force and mix things up a little bit.
And it can be scary to change things up because you are letting go of the old way of doing things. But in no time, those old habits will just be a thing of the past and you can go on with your life knowing that you were able to make one small change. The next step is to decide what else you would like to change.
Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and a Health and Wellness Coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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